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April 9, 2014

Change in Illinois' GPS monitoring law advances

SPRINGFIELD — — A bill that would let law enforcement officials use GPS tracking on people with a restraining order is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

State law lets a judge order GPS monitoring only after a suspect has violated an order of protection — not before, according to a report (http://bit.ly/OCkrkt ) published Wednesday in The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald.

But the legislation, introduced by Crystal Lake Republican Rep. Barbara Wheeler, would let authorities monitor someone as soon as a protective order is issued.

"With modern GPS tracking technology, there is no reason why the authorities should not be monitoring those charged with violent attacks while they are awaiting trial," Wheeler said.

She drafted the measure after last year's slaying of Diane Kephart, a 57-year-old an Antioch woman who was killed by her ex-boyfriend even though she'd taken out an order of protection against the man. He later killed himself after stabbing her outside her father's home.

"This brings us one step closer to helping protect victims against further violence," said Kephart's daughter, Jamie Kephart.

The bill passed the House and now advances to the Senate.

 

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